I think one of the biggest indecipherable’s on matchday is how a referee is going to perform on that given day, a wave of a yellow card, or red, a gesture towards the penalty spot and your whole world can tip upside down, and we can’t deny we have done ok lately with referees, two sending offs, and two pens…but the pens rightly given I might add.
But only yesterday the EFL found in favour of Wycombe Wanderers following our League 1 clash appealing the red card incident and getting it overturned, tough on them as it possibly impacted the game, but we don’t care, but we are only one decision away from having our day ruined by the great unknown.
So, bearing that in mind we have Andrew Kitchen in the middle on Saturday. Mr Kitchen has only recently been promoted to this level, and this will be his first ever League 1 game in charge.
Ref Kitchen has reffed in the National League and PL2, and he has performed 4th Official duties in the Championship but let’s face it that isn’t exactly that hard. He has reffed 5 League 2 matches plus one or two Papa John’s games, but as mentioned this will be his League 1 debut.
He has reffed 6 games so far this season dishing out 17 yellow cards and just 1 red, with no data available about penalties awarded.
He will be assisted by Hristo Karaivanov and Matt Smith on the flags, and star of social media and former Premier League ref Bobby Madley will be the 4th official.